Tips for Safely Putting in Contact Lenses

We’ve all heard the saying practice makes perfect, and when it comes to learning to put in contact lenses, that’s definitely the case. Although repetition and routine are key to becoming a pro at safely putting in your contact lenses, these tips and steps can help expedite the process.

Steps for Putting your Contact Lenses in Safely

Whether you’ve been wearing contacts for years or you’ve just started using them, following these steps is essential to your eye health and the key to safely putting in your contact lenses.

Step 1: Hand Hygiene

Putting in contact lenses is one of the few times in life where you will actually need to touch your eye, so you want to do so safely. It will take some time to get used to doing this, but it’s imperative that you thoroughly wash your hands before touching your contact lenses and your eyes. Make sure you rinse off all of the soap, so you don’t irritate your eyes and thoroughly dry your hands with a clean towel that doesn’t shed, so you don’t get debris in your eyes or under your contact lenses.

Step 2: Check the Direction

Many people don’t realize this, but contact lenses can be put on inside out. You’ll likely notice once you put them in because your vision will be distorted, but you can easily check before you put them in as well. All you need to do is place the lens on your fingertip and visually inspect it to see if the edges of the lens are bent outwards. If they are, odds are your lens is inside out.

Step 3: Open Wide

Once your hands are clean, and your lens is facing the right way, you’re halfway to putting your contact lenses in safely. Place the lens on the index finger of your dominant hand and use your ring finger to hold your bottom eyelid down. Then, use your index finger on your other hand to hold your upper eyelid open.

Step 4: Place the Lens

Slowly bring the lens towards your eye and carefully slide it into place. Your natural reaction will be to blink but do your best to get the lens in your eye without touching your eyelashes or eyelids as this could contaminate the lens. Once the lens is in your eye, blink a couple of times and look around to ensure it is securely in place and won’t fall out.

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Popular Autumn Frames 

At Hakim Optical, our goal is to help Canadian shoppers find fun, stylish–and even flirty– glasses for every occasion. When Autumn comes around, we’re eager to help our customers find beautiful, functional, and affordable frames to express their own personal style while meeting the timeless essence of the fall. For our 2022 Hakim fall style guide, we want to share a few of our fall frame favourites!


Regardless of your gender, complexion, hair colour, or face shape, these gorgeous BLING frames should be on your go-to fall frames list. Oversized, round, and statement-making screams autumn personality! These gorgeous gold, rounded frames with delicate sparkling arms remind us of the golds and the elegance of autumn. Dress these frames up with a more extravagant outfit for a night on the town, or dress them down with a pair of leggings and boots. Wherever you choose to wear them, you’ll find you’re bringing the beauty of fall into your style.


Bring back the beauty of the autumns of yesteryear with these gorgeous vintage-inspired IVORY frames. These warm-toned, half-gold and half-clear frames aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching, they’re classics! Just like watching a spooky movie or carving pumpkins, these glasses scream “autumn”! We recommend these frames for those who have a vintage aesthetic that they’d like to match, or for those who are ready to set a modern-meets-classic trend. Find your own unique style this fall with these gorgeous IVORY frames or a pair just like them at Hakim Optical!

Fashion and Style Inspiration

Looking for some real-world inspiration on how to style your Hakim Optical frames? Look no further than this section of our 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide! Some of our friends online are showing us how they chose to style their new glasses, and we must say: they look amazing! Find your fall inspiration here!


Here you can see our friend and brand ambassador Kassandra wearing some of our gorgeous simple rounded gold frames. This look paired with a warm sweater and a cup of tea really bring the fall style together. Kassandra’s styling proves that you can make even the most simple and classic frames an autumn statement piece, especially when you choose warm, soft colours that bring the beauty of the season forward.


Our friend and brand ambassador Justin Walls always knows how to show up looking great! Justin is wearing all neutrals with a pair of traditional thin-framed glasses. With dark frames and large lenses, these glasses are not subtle but they don’t take focus away from his face or his style. In this picture, Justin is showing how to dress in a masculine and stylish way that shows us all how the basics will always be timeless, especially in a fashion-forward season like Autumn!

Sunglasses are for all Year Long!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you should retire the sunglasses! On the contrary, with summer coming to an end, you should invest in a pair of stylish and affordable autumn sunglasses! As harmful UV rays are always present–even through autumn and winter–finding your sunglasses style now is very important. Just ask our friend Kiki (@/KiKiKhosa), who has truly shown the beauty of sunglasses and autumn attire!

Take Advantage of the Newest Fall Sale!

At Hakim Optical, we love a good deal! What’s even better than a good deal, however, is being able to pass on good deals to our loyal Canadian customers. Every season we come up with a way to save our customers money, and with the 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide in full swing now is a great time to remind our customers what we have to offer!

Save when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue Moist Contacts

Contact Lens Sale 

Whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a mix of both, Hakim has got you covered with ongoing contact lens sales and promotions! Currently, when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue contact lenses, you will instantly save $50. Plus, take advantage of a mail-in rebate for another $40 back!

Looking for the perfect pair of glasses for the fall?
Find your nearest Hakim Optical Store today! 

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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